Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in the Maiko sea park in Kobe in spring of five years ago. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge. It is a bridge only for a road which connects Maiko and Iwaya on Awaji island. Ten years was required from the start in 1988 to the completion in 1998. Newest technology of those days was applied to structure and material of a main cable which is the lives of a suspension bridge, and foundation practice of the main tower. The traffic time which connects Shikoku/Awaji island and the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area was sharply shortened by completion of this bridge. The service of the ferry was reduced sharply, high speed bus was established instead, and it has continued till today. This photograph was taken in the daytime of the fine day.

1. The detail for Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world that connects Higashi-Maiko-cho, Hyogo prefecture and Iwaya on Awaji island. That was constructed by crossing Akashi Strait. It is one of the key links of the Honshū-Shikoku Bridge Project, which created three routes across the Inland Sea. Before the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge was built, ferries carried passengers across the Akashi Strait in Japan. This dangerous waterway often experiences severe storms and traffic accidents. The ensuing shock and public outrage convinced the Japanese government to develop plans for a suspension bridge to cross the strait. The construction on the bridge began in April 1988, the construction was restricted to road only with six lanes from the original plan called for a mixed railway-road bridge. Actual construction began in May 1988, and the bridge was opened for traffic on April 5, 1998. The bridge has three spans. The central span is 1,991m, and the two other sections are each 960m. The bridge is 3,911m long overall. The total cost is estimated at 500 billion yen, and is expected to be repaid by charging drivers a toll to cross the bridge. The toll is 2,300 yen and the bridge is used by approximately 23,000 cars per day.
- From Wikipedia

2. The bridge seen from another angle in evening

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